Everybody is hungry for the first tomatoes of the season. We have put a lot of effort into being able to bring tomatoes to the early market, starting somewhere around mid-June. Beginning in late January we start around a thousand seeds in our basement. Each plant is transplanted into its own cell by March and taken out to a small greenhouse. Sometime in late March or early April we set these plants out into the prepared soil of our high tunnels where the warmth of the tunnels protect them from the cold spring wind and rain. When more favorable weather begins, we are able to open the tunnels up and the plants grow as they would if outside.
The majority of our tomatoes are 10 ounce red slicers. Mt. Glory, Mt Spring and Sunstarts are the varieties we have found to have the size and flavor our customers enjoy. They also stand up to the constant handling found necessary in a roadside market. We do grow a limited amount of acid-fee yellows as well and a few heirloom Irish, Brandywine and Old German varieties.
Later in the season we do sell bulk quantity for canning (with advanced notice).